Pest control technician dies in 100 foot fall from roof in Massachusetts.
NIOSH 1998 Feb; :1-4
On August 13, 1997, a 25 year old male pest control technician died when he fell from the roof of an apartment building. The technician was spraying for spiders in the vents and other parts of the roof when the incident occurred. While spraying along a gutter of a roof-top penthouse, the technician walked off the edge of the roof and fell nine stories to the parking lot below. Emergency medical services were called immediately, the victim given CPR and transported to a local hospital emergency room where he died. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences: Employers should: 1. Develop and implement a site specific health and safety plan for each site under contract. 2. Employ alternative controls for fall hazards when personal fall arrest systems are not required or appropriate. Building owners should: 3. Consider the installation of guardrails at the perimeter of flat roofs wherever possible.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Personal-protection; Pest-control; Protective-equipment
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health